UK Space Agency launches Space Sector Skills Survey 2023
The survey opened yesterday – at survey.spaceskills.org – and runs until 2nd June 2023.
It is open to all organisations employing space professionals – any organisation that uses space as part of their day-to-day operations is encouraged to respond. This includes companies that build and launch satellites, use Earth observation data, and build software for the space sector.
It’ll take you between 15 and 25 minutes to complete, it is estimated. The answers provided will remain confidential
“This is your opportunity to influence DSIT and the UK Space Agency,” writes the UKSA. “Your answers to this survey will directly feed into policy-making decisions at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, and will be used by the UK Space Agency to inform funding of skills and training interventions.”
The survey is being carried out by Space Skills Alliance, who delivered the 2020 Space Census, and know.space, who delivered Size & Health of the UK Space Industry 2022.
The last such survey was carried out in 2020, and it identified a lack of supply of relevant skills to support future growth in the industry.
As well as noting the number of women employed in the industry was under-representative of the working age female population, Brexit was highlighted as a harming factor for growth, and limitations in the training infrastructure were also highlighted, along with an absence of conversion courses to allow people with relevant technical skills and qualifications to add a ‘space’ dimension.
Additionally, it found that courses in universities, though space-oriented, lag behind industry developments.
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